Newcastle Launch All-Out Effort To Sign English Striker This Week

News tonight that Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has given the go ahead for Newcastle to go after West Brom striker Saido Berahino who was target of ours in the summer when we are supposed to have bid £18M for the striker.

Newcastle are 3rd bottom again after Swansea´s good 1-0 at home to Watford tonight and we are largely in trouble because of the many chances we are missing in games since we had the two massive successive wins against Liverpool and Tottenham.

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Saido Berahino – all-out effort by Newcastle to sign this striker

We now need to get a lot more wins if we are to survive and draws will not help us too much – although of course we will take the point if that´s all we can get in any one game.

It´s not that we are not making the chances either, but we are simply not converting enough of them – and one good striker can help us solve that problem.

Even on Saturday in the second half we had about three excellent chances to score but missed them all.

Newcastle have been in contact with West Brom asking how much they want for Berahino and we would expect Newcastle to bid this week more than the £18M we bid last summer, but whether that offer will be accepted is a good question.

Tottenham have balked at the price being asked for the 22 year-old England U21 striker, but with our Premier League status in danger with jus 16 games to play – we could see Newcastle try to clinch the deal this week by getting closer to the £25M West Brom seem to be asking for their young English striker.

Saido has played 85 Premier League games for West Brom with 22 goals and 6 assists, so he could start producing for Newcastle almost immediately – and that´s what we need from players we sign this month.

There´s a decent chance we can sign Sadio Berahino this week if we bid high enough.

That would help raise the spirits of Newcastle fans everywhere and give us a more than decent chance of being a Premier League club next season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

76 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 18, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Lots of rumours about him being fancied by Chelsea cant see it myself to be honest I think we can get him whether we want to or not due to his attitude before !

  • lesh

    Jan 18, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Spurs balked st the price were asking and hence are digging in on Townsend at £14.

    This has all the makings of a Mexican stand off – who blinks first – Ashley or Levy?

  • lesh

    Jan 18, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #3

    For clarity

    Spurs were balking at WBA’s asking price.

  • BUDGIE10

    Jan 18, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Am I the only one that doesn’t rate him at that kind of money. I live in the midlands and baggies fans are laughing at us spending that kind of money.
    We must go for Wilfried Bony

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 18, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #5

    Re saivet, no concerns there. Think he will do well and i can lay off Carr for a while! I think we will get berahino too. After that and the summer we can lay off ashley for now. Steve has to make it work but shelvey was a big political win for him and will give him great confidence.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 18, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #6


    It would appear Spurs want to use the Townsend money to buy Saido but I think we might be trying to get him as well so its a bit of gamesmanship which we never usually get involved in with other premiership teams under Ashley because we usually lose out because we cant “compete”

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 18, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #7

    Wenger wouldn’t pay 25 million for Berahino, would he? That’s normally a pretty good barometre. I know we need a good young striker, but that really is a whole lot of dough for a player who still hasn’t fulfilled his potential.

    Shelvey was a great buy at 12. Townsend would be for similar money. But Berahino for 25, 80 odd games, 20 goals and a handful of assists and not a full International. Someones head would have to go on the chopping block if that one didn’t work out. Which it easily couldn’t.

  • nufc 11

    Jan 18, 2016 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Hernandez would be cheaper.

  • BandB

    Jan 19, 2016 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #9

    The Mirror says bid is £15m. They don’t always get accurate facts though, do they?

    We need a goal scorer.
    For all the talk of onwards and upwards, we have five points from our last six games.
    That’s still bottom three of the form table as well as bottom three of the league.
    I hope there is no silly talk of “not resting on our laurels” at the press conference later this week.
    We got a last gasp equaliser against Man Utd and just saw it out against West Ham, and that was us playing very well.

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Jan 19, 2016 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Wasn’t Tiote bought for £4.5 million? (not 100% sure) Saivet could be his younger replacement. Feel like this one is a good bit of business, looks like the club are finally learning from all there lessons.

  • loonie-toon

    Jan 19, 2016 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #11

    B good signing if we get berahino threw door 25 mill a lot though mayb we’re gunner go for him before we pay spurs for Townsend so spurs don’t steal him from under r noses

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 19, 2016 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #12

    I don’t know what Beranhino has done to warrent a £25m transfer fee but I don’t really care as long as he plays well for us. We need quick players with an eye for goal and a pass. Both Townsend and Berahino fit thst model and we should do what we can to get them. If not Berahino we should go for Hernandez. Thst lil’ mexican is doing it again and he really is one of the most under rated players out there. He’s quick can pass and shoot very well and has premier league experience. He ticks all the boxes for me. I still can’t believe we have never been interested in signing him- ever! I have always rated chicharito very highly and I would even prefer him to Berahino who could be very much hit or miss.

    What is certain is we have to act quickly as once again we find ourselves at the foot of the table, we need to secure the signings to guarantee us the points we so desperately need ASAP!

  • loonie-toon

    Jan 19, 2016 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Sayin in daily star that we’re hopin have Townsend and berahino threw door this week before we line up against watford

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 19, 2016 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #14

    Check out this link of Townsend and I think he would work wonders for us in black n white. We need him and a striker of quality fast and then we would easily clinch the points to save us from these stressful times.

  • lochinvar

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #15

    Berahinio for £25m and up pops the story ( Independent ? ) that Napoli will pay that for Sissoko ? Ashley likes Swop Shop.
    Bryam off to West Ham ( offering first team place ) not Everton.
    Spurs after Ben Yedder for only £7.5m and might rake in twice that from us for Townsend. Suggest we just pay £10m for him and Levy with Townsend.
    Could get messy.

  • Derek

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #16

    If we can get either Townsend, Berahino or Hernandez I’d be happy to have any of them replace Sissoko and then ~20m going toward a CB AND a LB.

  • lesh

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #17

    Lee B

    I’m not convinced we’re really after Berhino and wouldn’t be surprised to see a better striker come in.

    Whatever games are being played out, it’s gonna be an interesting close to the window.

    I just hope that we win games in the meantime!

  • shaun83

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #18

    Is it just me or can anyone else not see where a new striker would fit? I know mitrovic not scoring but so much revolved around him last couple of games, can’t see a striker who plays off the shoulder on his own fitting atm, maybe if sissoko goes, not object to that, and one or both Townsend and berhinio can play there


    Jan 19, 2016 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #19

    if sissoko goes he might be tempted to 3-5-2….
    few players are interchangable as well….just an idea

  • toonicle

    Jan 19, 2016 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #20

    Shaun I was just going to say the same. We get Berahino and then what? It’s not like we’re going to play 2 up front now that we are finally gelling. Mitrovic would sit on the bench? That’s not going to help him get up to speed.


    Jan 19, 2016 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #21

    soccer sauce saying toon are confident of getting there man even tho there is plenty interest in berahino…..talks on going

  • toonincheek

    Jan 19, 2016 at 2:42 AM

    Comment #22

    Sav // Jan 19, 2016 at 12:28 AM

    Berahino is a brat and Townsend a whinger, too. We must buy better character and better players than this pair.

    Agreed – don’t like the idea of either of them in B&W.
    For sure they are both capable of top performances, but consistency, working as part of a team – don’t think so.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 19, 2016 at 2:49 AM

    Comment #23

    We don’t have to sell to fit players in. We need more strength in depth. Isn’t that what we’ve always wanted? Competition for places all over the park. With Berahino and Townsend it will give us that and it will make the likes of Sissoko and co who are regular starters to try even harder as not to lose their starting spot in the team.

    I am all for us getting more players in. But I cannot understand how all of a sudden some are complaining saying we don’t need this and that and we’re going to sell this and that.

    Maybe this was the 3 window plan add depth in all departments. Maybe in the summer we finally see the defense considerably bolstered up with the likes of Saylor and Willo out of contract.

    I for one am really excited these days when it comes to transfer windows unlike all the past seasons under Ashley. The only main worry is our league position though, we need the points and these signings will go a long way in helping us secure survival.

  • Derek

    Jan 19, 2016 at 2:54 AM

    Comment #24

    Maybe also something like 4-2-1-3,


    Mitro still the central striker but with attacking support on the wings. Could experiment with playing wingers on the left or right depending who we get and how they adapt to crossing, cutting back in and shooting etc.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 19, 2016 at 3:04 AM

    Comment #25

    If Pochinetto wants Berahino, that’s enough of an endorsement for me to think we should seriously be after him. The Spurs manager has more football smarts than Ashley, Charnley, Carr and McClaren put together.

  • Derek

    Jan 19, 2016 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #26


    I think it’s the fact that fans are used to seeing players sold when they are at their peak value as that’s how Ashley works. They are seeing the realistic outcome that improving the squad on Ashley’s terms means to minimise net spend while acquiring young potential.

    That means that in Ashley’s eyes, the likes of Sissoko sitting on the bench is money going down the drain.

    Besides, Sissoko has been thought to be going elsewhere for the last few windows, even he has expressed his desire to go to a CL club. I don’t think keeping him here as a substitute is going to make him show more passion and commitment to the club, especially when he is already thinking of going other places.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 19, 2016 at 3:19 AM

    Comment #27

    Why is Sissoko suddenly going to become a substitute? I think he’s started every game he’s played. Shelvey and Saivet make no difference, and I was be amazed if he was replaced as a starter by Townsend. Perez is more likely to give way. And if McClaren starts Anita or Colback ahead of Sissoko he is a stupid as he looks.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 19, 2016 at 3:23 AM

    Comment #28

    *”would be amazed”, not “was”. Apologies for re-living the cringe-worthy days of Pardew grammar…

  • toonincheek

    Jan 19, 2016 at 3:35 AM

    Comment #29

    Forgiven – as you have spelt grammar correctly.

    But – just who IS is the overrated Frenchman?
    Or should that be …men?

  • Derek

    Jan 19, 2016 at 3:41 AM

    Comment #30

    If we are seriously looking at a player like Townsend, a left footer who plays on the right wing and likes to cut in, then it suggests he will be competing for Sissoko’s position, not on the left wing where Sissoko doesn’t play.

    Not saying he will definitely replace Sissoko, but why would we want a player like Townsend to play on the left which is not his natural position?

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:10 AM

    Comment #31

    toonincheek@29. That’s a good question. “The overrated Frenchman” is not a single individual as such. Not on an ongoing basis anyway. It’s more of a state of being which can be applied to one or more Frenchmen at certain times, but still encompasses them all as an overarching concept.

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:32 AM

    Comment #32

    Cabaye and Debuchey were not overrated. I don’t think Sissoko is either, and certainly not at the price we got him for. Remy would have been a wonderful signing. The others have essentially been various degrees of disappointing, but it’s the demands of the league and the weight of the shirt that catches them out, rather than the hype that comes with them.

    The moniker “The Overrated Chief Scout” might have a greater ring of truth, but it’s true enough we’ve signed a few frenchmen that haven’t lived up to our hopes and expectations.

    Then again, hope and realisation is an all too common theme in all of life endeavours, as far as I can tell.

    C’est la vie.

  • nut meg

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:33 AM

    Comment #33

    JP from the rock @14
    That video of Townsend doesn’t really carry much weight with me as it’s from 2011-14. He was out on loan for most of that time to lower league teams such as Watford,Millwall,Leeds,Birmingham & QPR. Very little,if any PL clips shown.

  • toonincheek

    Jan 19, 2016 at 5:01 AM

    Comment #34

    nut meg –
    I watched the video – some impressive stuff.
    Couldn’t reconcile the goals/assists stats that I’ve seen quoted with the video, but your comment explains it, I think – – the stats relate to PL only.

  • toonincheek

    Jan 19, 2016 at 5:18 AM

    Comment #35

    Just been watching the full second half – the stream I had was freezing too much to get a true impression.

    We dominated 2nd half as well – just not quite so much as the 1st half. West Ham created a few incidents but little goal threat.

    Great to see us surging forward in numbers.
    We created many opportunities and many near-opportunities – we could have won by 5.

    Mitro does a lot of good work – definitely worth his place. Could have had a hat-trick. The goals will come.

    Wini – outstanding.

    Shelvey – great to have a player in the middle that other players can find easily (positioning and appearance) and trust to give the ball.

    Saivet – good performance, effective. Hard to catch the eye in his position. Better than I thought from comments I read.

    Looks like two top signings and an excellent all-round performance from the team – let’s have more of the same at Watford and improve out goal difference.

  • will die for the toon army

    Jan 19, 2016 at 5:29 AM

    Comment #36

    So we r all in for Berahino and Townsend.

    Good luck to Charnely, POUND for POUND policy hope u get the best deals for those guys.

  • will die for the toon army

    Jan 19, 2016 at 5:32 AM

    Comment #37


    It was good football all round. Keeping the goals aside, Mitrovic has been a success at the club the goals will come. What he does with his hold up play iz the hardest thing in the EPL.

    we always complained abt Cisse not holding play well.

    Mitrovic is my No.1 striker the goals Will come

  • toonincheek

    Jan 19, 2016 at 5:34 AM

    Comment #38

    Forgot to add –

    Mbemba was excellent as well – except for one misjudgement. Paid a high price for a small error.

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 19, 2016 at 5:56 AM

    Comment #39

    “Henri Saivet has revealed that he spoke with both Gabriel Obertan and Yoan Gouffran before signing for Newcastle United – and that both players only had positive things to say about the club.” !!!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 19, 2016 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #40

    Ron…that’s nice to hear I suppose 😉

    …a surprise through but nice to hear!


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